It’s a new legislative session in statehouses across America, and as with every year, there are all kinds of wacky ideas flying around about regulating bikes and bike riding in various ways.
Our legislative watchdog Alex Logemann, who runs the joint BPSA/PeopleForBikes monitoring program that examined over 20,000 bills last year, has a couple of examples:
“We have seen several significant attacks on bike riding in state legislatures this session,” noted Logemann. “Bike registration bills were introduced in Montana, Vermont, and Massachusetts, and a law that would have required permits to use bike lanes was put forth in Minnesota.”
“While many of these laws are unable to generate much momentum, one proposal that would have required out-of-state bike riders to pay $25 to ride in Montana actually passed the state Senate. It took a major grassroots effort to have the provision removed from the legislation in the House.”
“Learning about these important bills in real time enables us to take action quickly and ensure that the voice of bike riders is represented in the legislature,” noted Logemann.
Your BPSA and PFB dues support Alex’s and BPSA Legal chair Matt Moore’s important work. We appreciate your support, and we know it’s paying off by keeping the legislative playing field safe and sane for bicycles.